Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced on Dec. 28 that his office has secured a victory in a challenge to the city’s adoption of the Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan, which allows for increased housing and pedestrian-friendly streets within a half mile radius of five westside train stations on Metro’s E Line, formerly the Expo Line.
The plan involves the Bundy, Sepulveda, Westwood, Palms and Culver City train stations. To encourage people to live and work closer to transit hubs, it allows for 6,000 new apartments – a portion of which will be set aside for low income housing – condominiums and space to accommodate up to 14,000 jobs long the E Line. A community activist group called Fix The City sued the city on grounds that current infrastructure could not support locating the new units and jobs along the transit corridor.
“We urgently need more housing and we should put it close to public transit to reduce traffic congestion. This victory is an essential step in dramatically reimagining how Angelenos live, work, shop and play.” said Feuer, who as a member of the California Legislature authored the law enabling Measure R to be placed on the ballot, creating more than $30 billion in public transit improvements in L.A. County. “L.A.’s future is closely tied to creating more transit-oriented development as we tackle our housing crisis and L.A.’s crushing traffic congestion.”
In July 2018, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed general plan and zone changes to facilitate adoption of the Exposition Corridor Transit Neighborhood Plan, which was ultimately approved in November 2019. Deputy city attorneys John Fox and Morgan Hector, of the city attorney’s office’s Land Use Division, defended the city against the lawsuit.
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